Board of International Officers
National Board of The Liberty Vanguard
Grand Master: TJ Kosin
Grand Overseer: Mike L.
Grand Secretary: Brittany F.
Grand Commandant: Derek McKinney
National General Officers (non-board members)
Grand Marshal – Leticia N.
Viceroy : Anthony D.
Grand Diplomat: Alex B.
Grand Resourcer: Ludmilla P.
Grand Treasurer: Gary B.
Grand Almoner: Vacant
Guardian of Liberty: Derek Mckinney
Grand Communications Officer: Anthony D.
Grand Historian: Richard Pollini
…………………Deputy Grand Historian: Vacant
…………………Vice Deputy Grand Historian: Vacant
…………………Deputy Grand Secretary – Vacant
Grand Herald: Vacant
……….Ambassador to Europe: Vacant
……….Ambassador to South America: Vacant
Archangels of Liberty Ranks
Bishop: Mark Grabowski
National Chaplain: Vacant
Regional Chaplain: Vacant
State Chaplain: Vacant
Attorney of Archangels of Liberty: Vacant
Description of Ranks
Squire – A younger man or woman, greater than 14 years of age but fewer than 18. A future Knight. At the age of 18, they will have the opportunity to petition to become a “Companion-at-Arms.”
Rules concerning Squires:
1) They must have a relative in the same state who is in or is also applying to the Order. Their relative must be accepted first.
2) They can never attend our events without being accompanied by their relative.
3) There will never be a payment necessary to become a Squire.
Companion-At-Arms- An applicant of at least 18 years of age under a probation period before becoming a Knight. This probation lasts 6 months. If the Grand Master accepts them, they receive their Certificate at the end of this period.
Sergeant – Sergeant – After their 6 months of probation, all those accepted members become Sergeants. A member will need to spend no less than 6 months as a Sergeant.
A Sergeant is a Mentor in the order. They strive to help their Brothers and Sisters along in their learning process. More is expected of a Sergeant than a Companion-At-Arms. There are 6 promotions available to Sergeants:
2) Staff Sergeant
3) a Sergeant 1st class
4) First Sergeant
5) Master Sergeant- The Master Sergeant assists the Sergeant Major with training.
6)Sergeant Major- The Sergeant Major is responsible for training.
Knight –Actual Knighthood is granted by the grand master, and their duty is to his or her community. “Knight” is used by men & women equally.
*No member may be promoted to Knight without being Knighted at an Investiture Ceremony, Conclave, or Field Knighting Service by the Grand Master or his/her delegate.
Knight Officer Ranks
A Knight Officer is the general category for a Senior Knight. They have gone above and beyond for the Order. A “Knight Officer” includes all the below ranks:
Knight Lieutenant – The first level of a “Knight Officer.” A “Knight Lieutenant” is a ranked Officer within a Priory or Commandery that is trusted for extra responsibility and duties. They have demonstrated faithfulness to their Commanders. They don’t have their own group to command but perform a function or purpose within their priory. Priors have the authority to appoint their Lieutenants.
Knight Captain – A Knight Lieutenant who has proven themselves as an officer and is being given more responsibility within the Priory. Priors have the authority to appoint their Captains.
Knight Major – A Knight Captain who has highly proven themselves as an officer and has gone above and beyond. They are being given more responsibility within the Priory. Priors have the authority to appoint their Majors.
Knight Commander – A Knight who is given a Commandery consisting of at least 5 knights besides the Commander (total of 6).
Provincial Commander – A Knight Commander is promoted to a Provincial Commander when he has proven himself as a Knight Commander for at least one year and has at least 10 members in his group. They are not independent and serve under the Prior.
Master Commander – A Knight Commandery (see definition above) who is promoted to act independently of any Prior over an entire state or Priory.
Prior – A Prior oversees a group of at least 30 members. Thus when a Knight Commander grows his Commandery to that level, he’s eligible for a promotion to “Prior.”
Provost – A Prior who decides to retire but who wants to remain available for national assignments and leadership. Provosts will serve the Board and receive assignments from this Board.
Knight Grand Officer – High Senior Officer, usually a board member.
Descriptions of Ranks
Grand Master – Oversees both Archangels of Liberty and Knights of Liberty internationally, all decisions are made through the grandmaster and he/she has the right to veto a vote. Chairs the council of Master which consists of up to 52 members.
Grand Master writes all statutes, bylaws, and directives for the Order. Grand Master shall appoint board members. Grand Master sets the agenda each year to arrange administration with the Executive Board and General board. (See Executive and General board above)
Grand Overseer- Deputy Master, second in charge, can be active Master if Master is away. The Grand Overseer may also be called along with the National Marshall for purposes of opinions on future members, background checks, and applications. The National Grand Overseer will assist the Grand master’s in administrative matters.
Grand Secretary- The Grand Secretary records proceedings, attends all regular and special meetings of the Order, along with the National Treasurer can receive monies paid into the Order taking his receipt, establish an accounting system with the Grand Treasurer, which will account for, in detail, all the monies received by, or paid out by the Order. National Secretary/Researcher will assist the Grand Master in preparing an agenda for online meetings or conclaves and prepare a personal file for each member and their ranks, records, applications, donations, and conduct.
National Grand Secretary/Researcher is also in charge of all grant writing. The Grand Secretary will be the third in line from the top. The Grand Secretary will advise the National Almoner and the National Historian and work together on projects on:
Research on order history
Guardian of Liberty
The Guardian of Liberty is our marketing & Recruiting expert for the Order. The Guardian of Liberty oversees each of the Recruiters of the Priories. The Guardian of Liberty will create media to market the Order.
Grand Marshal- The Grand Marshall literally “marshals” the troops into action. He/she acts as the tough authority figure that brings discipline to the ranks. Appointed by Grand Master to control and organize meetings with Priory cabinet, Manage each region under his/her direction, and other events. The Grand Marshall is the sixth position of authority in the order. The National Grand Marshall shall coordinate meetings with the Grand Master, National Chancellor, and National Secretary. The National Grand Marshall may also be called upon along with the National Chancellor for his discernment on future members, background checks, applications, and other administrative matters.
The Grand Diplomat- is the Seventh position of authority in the Grand Priory. The Diplomat of the Order. The Grand Diplomat’s role is to settle differences between officers or members. The National Diplomat also visits the various Priories as a teacher and encourager.
Viceroy- The Viceroy reports directly to the Grand Master as the Public Relations Adviser. The Viceroy will be studying retention and how we present/relate to the outside world. The Viceroy will seek suggestions from the membership on how to improve the public relations of the USA Grand Priory.
Grand Chancellor- The National Chancellor is the ceremonial expert of the order who will be proficient in all things dealing with the ritual, ceremony, and rites of the Order. He’s an expert at Robert’s Rules of Order and is consulted on all things concerning protocol for the Order. The National Chancellor needs to carefully study and know our handbook of rules.
Grand Treasurer- The National Treasurer is a position, which manages all money and revenue. The Treasurer reports to the National Priory all funds received through fundraising or donations and expenses authorized only by the Grand Master. The National Treasurer has the duty to deposit funds, account with a bi-monthly statement if requested by the Grand Master, and a monthly statement of all activities whether requested or not from the Grand Overseer. The National Treasurer must consult each expenditure with Grand Master for written check permissions. The National Treasurer also works with the National Secretary/Researcher on financing accounts and records.
The Grand Resourcer- Is a prominent member of major capability which carries an inherent benefit to the Order, actively engaged in service as a Knight of Liberty supporting the mission of recruiting new members. The Grand Resourcer is an especially active member who is dedicated to infrastructure development or high-profile networking for the Order. The Grand Resourcer is a guardian for preserving our heritage for the benefit of humanity. The Grand Resourcer should be the Recruiting Grand Officer working with the Viceroy (Public Relations Grand Officer) to maintain a positive presence for the Order. The Grand Resourcer is also responsible for conducting training sessions to teach other leaders how to recruit and coordinate recruiting throughout the Order. The Grand Resourcer should work to provide the Grand Marshals with recruitment plans and media to help with this recruiting mission.
Grand Almoner- The Grand Almoner is the charities officer, the Knight in charge of the Charity work, correspondence, external arranging publicity, and in concert with the Grand Master, organizes events or needy causes for the poor, the sick, the old, the helpless, or others in needy causes. The Grand Almoner will also aid the Grand Secretary in areas of grants and fundraising. The Grand Almoner will be in charge of raising money for Grand Priory USA at the times it’s needed. For example in times of crises and special needs.
Grand Historian- The National Historian chronicles events and the history of the Knights of Liberty and Archangels of Liberty with the Grand Master and the National Secretary. The National Historian is usually in the same town as Grand Master due to sensitive documents staying in the local area.
Grand Communications Officer- The Grand Communications Office is the CEO of the Grand Priories newsletter. Responsibilities include conveying upcoming activities and past events to the members. The National Communications Officer may commission Reporters in each Priory to help him gather news as needed.
Grand Herald- The Grand Herald Is in charge of Heraldry for the Order and the assignment of Coats of Arms. They rule in all matters concerning crests and seals within the Order.
Archangels of Liberty Rank Descriptions
Bishop-There is only one National Bishop. The bishop is a member of the clergy who is the highest ranked member of the Archangels of Liberty. He conducts religious services. The Archangels of Liberty may advise or offer spiritual advice to Knights, or simply moral support in times of need. The Bishop is also charged with respect to all Spiritual denominations, sensitive and supportive to people during illness, grief, and bereavement. The Bishop will also advise the Grand Master in future meetings/appointments/ as clergy in all matters. The Bishop shall also advise and coordinate with Grand Master as the Spiritual Patriarch.
National Chaplain-There will be one National Chaplain per country. who will be responsible for the Chaplains in that area. The National Chaplain will report directly to the National Bishop and will carry out additional duties assigned to him by the National Bishop.
Regional Chaplain-Each region of the United States will be represented by a Regional Chaplain who will be responsible for the Chaplains in that area. The Regional Chaplain will report directly to the National Chaplain and will carry out additional duties assigned to him by the National Chaplain.
State Chaplain- Each state of the United States will be represented by a State Chaplain who will be responsible for the Chaplains and clergy in that State. The State Chaplain will report directly to the Regional Chaplain and will carry out additional duties assigned to him by the Regional Chaplain.
Knight of Justice (Black Pin) – A Knight who has demonstrated potential leadership ability. They have been a leader among their peers in several situations.
Knight of Grace (Blue Pin) – A Knight who has demonstrated selfless giving to the needy or who has volunteered above and beyond selflessly. Knights of Grace honorable actions is more likely to be in Spiritual ways as opposed to the social justice side of the Order.
Guardian of Liberty (Red Pin) – Guardians are prominent members or have major achievements or capabilities who are engaged in active service as Brothers and Sisters supporting the missions of the Knights of Liberty.
Monsignor – is an honorific form of address for those clergy in the Archangels of Liberty who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the order. It is an honorific title just below the “Grand Cross” but is only awarded to the clergy.
Knight Eagle (White Cross) – Our second-highest honorific title. Eagles are ‘Heroic Champions & Defenders of all that is ‘Good & Right.’ In the ‘Fight Against Evil. ‘The eagle’ is the Noblest of birds. This honor is given to a knight who is Pious and Forthright, sworn to uphold a just Way of Life, and determined to protect the world from the Forces of Darkness.
Knight Grand Cross (Red Cross) – Not a rank but our highest honorific title given to a Knight who has the knowledge and achieved duties above and beyond the call.